Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) will stay in his home state this weekend for his all-star game, but the ESPN 150 defensive tackle will do so with the attitude that made him a state champion this season. A hard-nosed senior, Bosa joins an Ohio State fearsome five of Jalin Marshall, Marcus Baugh, Gareon Conley and Cam Burrows in the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday and will do so with the idea of proving his rankings are exactly where they should be.
One Ohio State commit ended his career the best way possible, while another finished in heartbreak. Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) won a state title. J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), who is on the mend with a torn ACL and meniscus, lost in double overtime. Bosa recorded four sacks and added three tackles for loss in a 41-25 Class 7A championship win over Tallahassee Lincoln. Lincoln, incidentally, was led defensively by Buckeyes target and Florida commit James Hearns.
Two Ohio State pledges that go to a school with the Raiders nickname headed into high playoff action over the weekend, both lived another week. Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) brought his Raiders in as underdogs against Manatee — the nation’s No. 1 team in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings — and walked away a 35-18 winner in a Florida 7A semifinal playoff game. They’ll play Tallahassee Lincoln next week in a state final. Lincoln happens to be the team of Buckeyes target James Hearns, a Florida pledge.